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Discussion in 'A+' started by johnc86, Apr 7, 2006.

  1. johnc86

    johnc86 New Member

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    right then, iv decided i want to take the course but when iv looked for centres to take the exam on comptia website the only place is devon! im in north west england. is there a complete list of places you can do the exam anywhere that anyone knows about? i rang learn direct but im pretty sure the person i spoke to had been the subject of a lobotomy.....they where of no use.

    the other thing is that there appears to be 3 seperate a+ units: hardware, os and network. or are they all part of the same thing? if not which is best to take? i looked at the os description and it looks i bit easy (intalling windows, formatting drives etc). surely that must just be part of the whole qualification?
     
  2. Sparky
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    http://www.comptia.org/certification/a/glancebox.aspx

    The A+ is a good entry level exam, also in regard to installing O\Ss it starts back at Windows NT straight through to Windows XP. Worthwhile as many companies still use Windows NT. :blink
     
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  3. juice142

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    Hi John

    Follow the links here to Pearson or Thompson (these two companies offer premises where you can sit the exam. There seems to be no real difference between the two, so pick the nearest testing station to you.

    Follow the links in my post in this thread for the recommended book for A+ and where to buy discount vouchers to pay for the exam (Pearson only here I'm afraid).

    There are two exams for the A+: Core Hardware and OS. The Network+ is a separate cert and a separate course.

    As to how easy it is, well that depends on how much you already know and how much experience you have. Don't underestimate the difficulty level or you may end up paying twice! :eek:

    Good luck :thumbleft

    J.
     
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  4. johnc86

    johnc86 New Member

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    thanx v much for both of them they where v helpfull (im looking into it now).

    another question though if you dont mind. you say there are 2 exams os and harware. which is the better to do? do you learn a bit of both no matter which one you go for? which one did you do?
     
  5. Boycie
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    Boycie Senior Beer Tester

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    there can be a slight overlap on either exam. Go to Comptia, get the objectives and decide which exam you want to study for first. I would say they are broad as they are tall....

    Best of luck :thumbleft
     
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  6. johnc86

    johnc86 New Member

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    cheers i will. the only other question I have is do you only have half the qualification of you do one part or are they both separate qualifications on there own?
     
  7. hbroomhall

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    You only get A+ if you pass both exams. Pass just one and you get nothing!

    Harry.
     
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  8. Luddym

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    For the A+ you need to do both the OS part, and the Hardware Part, to be a qualified A+ Technician.

    If you pass just one part, you cant call yourself A+, or half A+ certified. :biggrin
     
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  9. Luddym

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    Ooops Harry, you beat me to it!

    :twisted:
     
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  10. hbroomhall

    hbroomhall Petabyte Poster Gold Member

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    More a case of 'snap!' :biggrin

    Harry.
     
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  11. johnc86

    johnc86 New Member

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    right i see cheers lads nice 1 ;)
     
  12. Lord Deckard

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    Except Prometric don't seem to add VAT or tax onto the price if you go through them. Academic if you're paying with a discount voucher but it's nice to save a bit of cash.
     
    Certifications: A+, MCDST
    WIP: N+ and CCNA

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